Kuo: 2022 iPhones will get a 48-megapixel camera, AR headset coming soon

What you need to know

  • Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the 2022 iPhone will ship with a 48-megapixel camera.
  • The rumored mixed reality headset is set for a launch in the second quarter of next year.

Largan and Yujingguang are expected to provide the hardware.

Apple will release a new iPhone next year, that much we know. But analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is now adding more fuel to suggestions that we can look forward to a huge camera upgrade – 48-megapixels, no less. Kuo, via a research note seen by iMore, also suggests that Apple’s heavily-rumored mixed reality headset will debut in the second quarter of next year.

As part of a larger research note looking at lens pricing competition in relation, Kuo says that both Largan and Yujingguang will benefit from Apple’s upcoming products with a “new upgrade cycle” coming.

The analyst says that both Largan and Yujingguang are currently working with Apple to develop head-mounted display (HMD) lenses as well as a 48-megapixel camera. The former will be used in Apple’s mixed reality headset, while the latter will likely find its way into the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max – assuming that’s the naming convention Apple goes with, of course.

Both Largan and Yujingguang are expected to be involved in iPhone 13 production, with strong demand expected to drive significant HoH growth in 2H21.

Ming-Chi Kuo has previously suggested that a 48-megapixel camera is in the works, with 8K video recording thought to be made possible by the improved hardware. That will be a huge upgrade, but right now the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the best iPhone for photographers. At least until September!

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